National Men’s Health Week

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The week of June 13th is designated as “National Men’s Health Week” to help promote the importance of wellness and health for men, including a focus on: prostate exams, exercise, sleep, healthy eating, stress reduction and understanding your state of medical health. When was the last time you spoke to your doctor regarding your overall health?

If you can’t remember the last time you’ve visited a doctor, now is the best time. Scheduling regular doctor visits and making healthy lifestyle choices are key to good health.

Importance of Prostate Exams

Having regular prostate exams as part of your medical check-up can help identify early signs of prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommendations prostate screenings for the following:

  • Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer.
  • Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65.
  • Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).

Know Your Vitals

Knowing your vital signs is another important aspect of staying healthy.  Keeping track of your blood pressure, cholesterol, and any other numbers you have is a great way to stay on top of your health. The more you know about your vital signs the easier it will be to take care of yourself.

Talk to your doctor about having a complete blood count, which is used to evaluate your overall health. During your check-up, your doctor will measure your weight, blood pressure, and go over the results of your blood test.

NCHS strongly recommends stopping in for a regular check-up to get an overview of your physical health. We want you to be able to make the best lifestyle and health choices you can, especially during National Men’s Health Week.

 

Sources: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/moreinformation/prostatecancerearlydetection/prostate-cancer-early-detection-acs-recommendations

 

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